Humanitarian crisis looms large over Myanmar’s Muslim refugees in Delhi
With no water, food and toilet, Delhi Police have kept them in a jungle area of Vasant Kunj
New Delhi: Dildar Begum was around 13 when her parents with many others from their community and locality set out for India two years back as the cruelty of the military regime became unbearable. Miles and miles they walked on foot through the jungle on the India-Myanmar border to reach India. But two years later today, Begum, now 15, and several hundreds of the Muslim refugees of her country are still in jungle – now not on border, but in the national capital of Delhi.
Sucheta, Students Union president of Jawaharlal Nehru University, has been trying to provide them with some health aid. But the Delhi Police have denied them access to the refugees. “When I asked them to show the order, they just pushed us out of the Vasant Kunj Police Station,” Sucheta told TCN.
TCN told Naseeruddin that government is changing in Myanmar. Democracy is returning there. So he should think to return to his own country. He said: “Yes, we will go but only after the new government returns our property and all the communities who have migrated from Myanmar are ready to come back.”
Sucheta of JUN says humanitarian crisis is looming large here. “Last night when I came here I saw a woman refugee with a newborn baby was crying for help to reach hospital. I do not know whether her baby is alive or not. They have no access to water, leave alone medical facilities.” She demands the UN and Indian government that they should be given refugee status without any further delay.
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,